|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2012 Scion iQ
|Hatchback||1.3L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.6 sec||17.5 sec @ 80 mph||36/37/31 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hatchback||1.3L I-4||FWD||CVT||10.8 sec||18.1 sec @ 77.1 mph||36/37/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hatchback||1.3L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.6 sec||17.4 sec @ 80 mph||36/37/37.1 mpg||Motor Week|
About Scion iQ
The Scion iQ is another micro subcompact car making its way to the United States, for better or for worse. At least it’s the only that least resembles a toy – even the Honda Fit or the Smart Fortwo resemble rides at Disney than they do actual cars.
All kidding aside, the Scion iQ is actually a pretty decent microcar. After the novelty of such a cute little car faded, nobody wanted to trust these anymore because they weren’t practical enough. The 2015 iQ does its best to defy these expectations and in all honesty it does get pretty far.
Specs of the Scion iQ:
- Engine: 1.3L 4-Cylinder
- Power: 94 HP / 89 ft-lbs
- Transmission: Continuously Variable Speed Transmission (CVT)
- 0-60 Time: 9.6 seconds
- Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
- Curb Weight: 2127 lbs
- Seating: 4
- MPG: 36 MPG City / 37 MPG Highway
- MSRP: $16,435
Driving the Scion iQ
Would you look at that, it’s actually faster and slightly – ever so slightly – faster than other subcompact vehicles in the market today. It’s even more powerful than the already impressive Smart Fortwo although it does lag a bit behind the larger, more intricate Fiat 500.
Electronic power steering makes it much easier to maneuver on the road and the small area the car eats up makes it a master in city driving. You’ll be parallel parking and making sharp curves like there was no tomorrow. It actually does pretty decent on the highway too – well, for a microcar, that is.
The real problem is with its CVT transmission. It can get so loud that you’ll think the car is breaking down, especially when you’re cruising on higher speeds at the highway. There is also a noticeable delay in transmission shifting, as if the engine knew that the RPM calculation was a tad bit off.
Interior of the Scion iQ
The Scion iQ is much bigger inside than how it looks on the outside. It has a lot of headroom so even taller passengers will find it comfortable to squeeze in. just don’t get fooled by the number of seats.
The seating is for four but just consider it for two. Adding two more people in there is just downright cruel. With just two people, a driver and a passenger, you get a lot of space for cargo and a lot of legroom as well.
Then there’s the fact that the interiors are well designed. Yes, there’s no glove box or coat hangers but the overall aesthetic, paired with high quality cloth seats, makes it a very elegant car to sit in.
The dashboard isn’t terrible but it’s nothing to write home about. Some of the labels could be re-done to make sense and the navigation panel could have been cut out in favor of quicker push-buttons but it’s all very clean and polished to look at so it gets a pass.
Exterior of the Scion iQ
It’s exactly ten feet and one inch in length. That makes it almost twenty inches shorter than the Fiat 500 and just slightly longer than half of a full-sized sedan. Of course there are a lot of benefits to this design – shorter turning radius, easier parking, and more accurate traffic weaving.
The front dips down after roughly 18 inches and the driver gets absolutely no view of the front hood so judging how close or how far you are to what’s in front of you relies more on instinct now than actual driving calculations.
It is an awkward looking car though, with its angular edges and large windows. The rear side hatch hangs just slightly over the rear wheels. Unlike its competitors that are going for a retro look, the Scion iQ sticks with a wide, two-door design that makes it easier for driver and front-seat passenger to hop in.
Problems and Advantages
Are there issues with the Scion iQ? For one thing it is incredibly loud, especially when it is trying to gain speed. It feels like a car perpetually stuck on the wrong gear – or at least that’s how it sounds. It’s always a bit quirky when the vehicle’s engine always sounds like it’s in trouble even when it’s not.
If there’s anything going for it then it’s the fact that the Scion iQ isn’t the slowest of the microcars out in the market today. It’s actually one of the fastest so if you want a nimble little machine to whiz you through the city and grab those tight parking spots, this is the perfect gold mine.
It can look a bit awkward and quirky and it does get loud but there is no denying that the Scion iQ is arguably one of the more manageable micro subcompacts available today. It’s not too sluggish and handling is very smooth. This is a micro-car that feels more and more like a perfect catch, especially for busy city drivers.
To learn more about Scion iQ, visit the official Scion website.
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